BCLTA Bulletin

Trustee Learning

How do you prefer to learn more about library trusteeship? Whether it is by participating in online webinars, attending live workshops, reading printed text, or networking with other trustees, the BCLTA strives to provide the opportunities you are looking for.

This may take the form of our flagship course, the Trustee Orientation Program, recommendations for online learning from credible partner organizations, resources available free of charge on our website, the support of BCLTA staff and board members to answer and research your board's specific inquiries, as well as conference sessions and networking opportunities, to name just a few.

Whether you are a new appointee to your board or an eight-year veteran, this month we highlight some of the many ways you may be interested in growing your knowledge as a public library trustee.  


November 2014

TOP Update 

Training Opportunities

Trustee Network

Free learning resources

At Your Service 

To support and represent trustees in advancing
public libraries



TOP Update

The Trustee Orientation Program was completely redeveloped in 2014, thanks in part to a grant from the Libraries Branch.  This year, the new course was delivered to 88 participants in eight communities around the province, and the feedback has been very gratifying.

We are making final edits to the course content based on this feedback; the final version will be available early in 2015.

In the meantime, the "Beta" version of the new course is now available as a downloadable pdf on our website (www.bclta.ca). Just click on the Members tab at the top of the website, enter your library's password, and you will see the document on the main page.




Workshops and Webinars

Click on the course name for more information and to register

Vantage Point

Workshop (Vancouver)
Critical Role of the Board Chair 
November 5, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Members $95 | Nonmembers $110

Board Basics 
November 7, 2014
8:00 - 9:00 am
Members $20 | Nonmembers $20

Succession Planning 
December 3, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 pm 
Members $20 | Nonmembers $20


Webinar 101
Crafting Dynamic Vision and Mission Statements 
November 11, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Members $0 | Nonmembers $35

Webinar 201
Board Meetings That Make a Difference 
November 20, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Members $40 | Nonmembers $75

Education Institute

Facilitating Effective Meetings 
November 11, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Members $45 | Nonmembers $55













CLA Trustee Network

On Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1 pm Eastern /10 am Pacific, the CLA Trustee Network will host a meeting via teleconference for Canadian public library trustees interested in sharing and learning about fundraising for libraries. Please contact Network moderator Carol Rigby at tn@cla.ca for details and to register for the teleconference.

The CLA Trustee Network is open to both CLA members and non-members. It provides an area of focus and opportunities to network with other public library trustees across Canada. There is no cost to join; simply email membership@cla.ca.





A reminder that BCLTA has licensed The Governance Series -- a set of six of publications on the basics of board governance -- from BoardSource, an international organization dedicated to strengthening not-for-profit boards.  These booklets are available to BCLTA members free of charge, and will help library trustees, library directors, and senior staff understand the fundamental elements of service common to most boards.

To access the publications, click on the Members tab at the top of our website (www.bclta.ca) and then the BoardSource link on the left.

BCLTA members are also eligible for a reduced rate on individual membership with BoardSource, which allows access to hundreds of free and reduced-rate publications as well as the webinars we feature in this e-newsletter.

How to receive the BoardSource membership discount »




At Your Service

Do you or your board have a question on public libraries, governance, or an issue on your board?

The BCLTA board is ready to help.  Representing (almost) every area of the province, our board members are happy to assist in answering or researching your queries:

Roberta Burris
Greater Victoria Public Library

William Caley
Grand Forks Public Library

Lisa Cameron
Okanagan Regional Library

Ieva Cornford
Bowen Island Public Library

Catherine Evans
Vancouver Public Library

Peter Kafka
Richmond Public Library

Donna Macdonald
Nelson Public Library

Jerrilyn Schembri
Tumbler Ridge Public Library

Upkar Tatlay
Surrey Public Library

Paul Tutsch
Whistler Public Library

Donovan Unruh
Prince George Public Library


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